Earlier this year I attempted to upcycle a thrift store sweater with disastrous results after which I was not really interested in attempting to try it again. Then my mother found this beauty for $4 at Goodwill last week:
This gently worn men's sweater is 100% 2-ply cashmere, a treasure to be sure. So, I decided to put aside my past experience with upcycling and give it another try. My mother was intrigued and decided to help me with the unraveling process, before long she was completely hooked and we were able to wind about a third of the sweater that morning.
The resulting fiber is fingering weight and a little frail, so I'll likely end up plying it for strength. Honestly, I'm just enjoying the process of working with pure cashmere for the very first time!
I'm not sure how much yarn I'll get out of this, but I think that it will result in a lot of luxury fiber for very little cost.
Who knew a sweater could result in so much quality mother/daughter time?
The next obvious question is: what should this yarn be in its next stage of life?